What is a Newcomer Kit?

This Newcomer Kit is a living resource designed to aggregate materials for a comprehensive newcomer intake process and strategies for ongoing community building. It includes resources for teachers, administrators, parents, and community members. We strive to keep this document as updated and actionable as possible. If you are aware of resources you would like to highlight or have questions this document did not answer, please contact us at meisha@reimaginingmigration.org.

Sections of the Kit Include:

  • Belonging, School Community & Understanding Youth Social Systems
  • Sample Newcomer Kits
  • Legal Resources
  • Language Resources
  • Curriculum  Resources
  • Family, Guardian & Community Engagement

Download the Newcomer Kit here.

The Kit Includes Resources From:

Re-Imagining Migration (RM)

  • Re-Imagining Migration aims to transform the educational ecosystem to ensure that immigrant-origin youth, their peers, and the communities in which they inhabit flourish in a global society increasingly shaped by migration and demographic diversification. By harnessing the power of schools, museums, and other informal learning environments, we create learning experiences that cultivate a sense of belonging and understanding while promoting life-long dispositions that enable young people to thrive. With an approach rooted in research, our unique educational practices cater to both in-school and out-of-school learners, aiding not only their academic progress but also fostering all-around civic, ethical, and social development. By nurturing the most diverse generation in the history of the United States, we are supporting whole communities, mitigating polarization and xenophobia, and reorienting the narrative of migration from a crisis to an opportunity.

Internationals Network (IN)

  • The Internationals Network is a leader in serving multilingual learners, with over 35 years of experience and 10,000+ students educated. They have developed a comprehensive Newcomer Welcome Kit that ensures all school staff members understand the legal basis for enrolling newcomer students in public schools in the United States.  

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) & Learning for Justice (LFJ)

  • Learning for Justice seeks to uphold the mission of the Southern Poverty Law Center: to be a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements, and advance the human rights of all people.

iThrive Games 

  • IThrive Games leads the design of accessible games, tools, and experiences that advance learning for teens and protect and promote their mental health. Their team of adolescent development and mental health experts builds on 30+ years of combined instructional and game design experience to create compelling and accessible games, tools, and programs that nurture teens’ genius by folding in social and emotional skill-building—a practice proven to nourish mental health and learning.